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Effexor or what??

Posted by Poppi on October 19, 2003, at 0:13:51

Hello folks

I'm new to this board and will start off with my apoligies for not reading all the prior posts that would probably answer my questions. Just don't have the time or patience. There must be hundreds.

My problems: Started last May when I had a fishing trip planned (annual event) and as the time neared I became anxious and really dreading what is usually a really fun week. The day I was to leave I got up sick to my stomach and extremely on edge. This feeling only got worse as the day progressed. It was so bad that I called my friend to say that I couldn't possibly drive 10 hrs. feeling that way.I didn't go.

After 2 weeks of that awfull feeling I went to my Doc. Explained the best I could how I was feeling. He seemed to think that I had lingering effects from a virus. Probably Norwalk.

Two more weeks and I felt worse than I've felt in my life. Doc. did all kinds of tests (blood, urine, ct scans, etc.). Nothing wrong phsically!!

Four more weeks and 30 less pounds (did I mention I could't eat) the Doc. put me on effexor. Gradually up to 150 per day. Still felt like crap. Two weeks later I started feeling better and could eat again.

Am now 50 pounds lighter and feel good again. Enough of my whining, my questions are:

(1) Why would I ever want to quit taking this

(2) Are there side effects that outweigh the

(3) I have seen posts here speaking of
withdrawal symptoms. If I stop taking the
drug then what can I expect?

(4) I have seen posts here about weight gain.
I have experienced the opposite. Is this

Sorry for the Tome. This depression is a new deal for me and at 60 years of age kinda depressing. Pun intended!!




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